We’ll hike trails in beautiful Red Rocks Park, beginning among its famous towering sandstone monoliths. Your hike will be greatly enhanced with a professional geologist guiding you. We’ll examine the rocks up close for clues as to their origins and history, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas opening to the great plains below. We’ll see 200 million years of earth history as recorded in the rocks, well before the uplift of the present-day Rockies. We’ll see igneous and metamorphic rocks 1.7 billion years old, overlain by younger sediments deposited beginning with the uplift of the ancestral Rockies, and see how subsequent sediments accumulated under environmental conditions that changed dramatically time and again. In the distance, we’ll trace younger sediments spanning much of the age of the dinosaurs. Using a “hand lens,” we’ll examine the rocks closely for mineral composition and textures that reveal the nature of the rocks and their otherwise untold journey. Principles we’ll learn here will transfer to many other geologic settings to enhance your enjoyment of the underlying geology wherever you go.
Trail snacks and bottled water
Trekking Poles, Hand Lens
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is a designated National Historic Landmark. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps on the slopes of Mount Morrison, the outdoor amphitheater has hosted world class performances and other events since 1941, with beautiful red sandstone rock formations soaring 200 feet skyward, flanking the audiences. The amphitheater is surrounded by 738 acres of scenic hiking trails.